Voters OK proposal to settle dispute
New York voters have approved a proposition to give up the state’s claim to the property of 216 private and public landowners in the Hamilton County hamlet of Raquette Lake.
The landowners have been vexed with disputed property titles since the 1800s, when a series of clerical errors left it unclear if the state or the landowners had title.
Under Proposition 4, the state will release its claim to the parcels in return for undeveloped land elsewhere, with the landowners paying fees to cover the new acquisition.
The parcels include private homes, businesses, a school, firehouse, waste transfer station and marina.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended the state Legislature target the historic Marion River Carry for acquisition. It’s part of a canoe route that connects Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake in the central Adirondacks.